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The General Education Curriculum at City College

Other General Education Courses

2007-13 General Education Curriculum: In addition to FIQWS and FQUAN, candidates for the BA and BFA degrees are required to choose one course from each of 8 categories called "Perspectives".  Candidates for the BS, and those from the Grove School of Engineering, The Sophie Davis School of Bio-Medical Education, and the School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture may require a different number of Perspectives. The "Perspective" requirements allow students to explore a variety of fields of study within in the school while touching on key issues, values and ways of thinking.

The Perspectives Categories
Perspectives on U.S. History and Society (H) - Students should obtain knowledge of selected events and key topics in the development of U.S. society and become familiar with the various tools and analytic approaches for the study of U.S. society.

Global History and Culture (CG)  - Students should become familiar with the belief systems, history, and social dynamics of at least one non-Western society and be able to compare and contrast the society or societies with dominant patterns in the West.

Self and Society (SS) - Students should also (1) have an awareness of individual and societal issues as including, minimally, individual ethical and societal justice issues and (2) learn about theories and methods in the study of individual/social as well as comparative societal questions as they are related to race, ethnicity, class, and gender/sexual orientation. This Perspective will give due attention to the mutual influences of the local, the national, and the global.    
     
Artistic (A)
- Students should have an awareness of artistic issues from a critical perspective. 

Literary (L) - Students should have an introduction to the methods and concerns of literary analysis, complementing close reading with attention to historical context.

Logical-Philosophical (LP)
– Students should have experience with a course that emphasizes analytic and/or philosophical reasoning, sometimes in conjunction with case studies, to examine fundamental questions of ethics, justice and epistemology.

Natural Scientific (S) - Students should have an experience with the techniques and methodologies of science including an experience gathering and interpreting data. 

Natural-Scientific with Interactive Component (SI) - Students should have an experience with the techniques and methodologies of science including an experience gathering and interpreting data.  This course ought to have a lab or some kind of "hands-on" experience that will enhance scientific learning.

Two courses outside the student's major: - Students should have an experience in depth in a discipline other than their major. This requirement entails two courses in a department or program other than the student's major. One of these courses may be a "Perspective" previously taken.

"Proficiencies" Embedded in the Perspectives

For a course to be listed as a "Perspective", it must also include work in one of two sets of skills called "Proficiencies", essential foundations both for academic success at City College and for lifelong learning.  These are:

A Perspectives course must include either A or B, though a number of Perspectives classes include both categories:

  • "W" Course (H, CG, A, L and SS)
    Oral and written communication skills (CS) – Students should have multiple experiences in communicating ideas in writing and speaking.

    Critical analysis (CA) – Students should have multiple experiences in critically and constructively analyzing information in different areas of study.

    Information literacy (IL) – Students should have multiple experiences requiring finding information in the library, on the Internet, and in other places and evaluating the reliability of this information.

  • "Q" Course (SS, S, SI)
    Quantitative reasoning ability (QR) – Students should have multiple experiences in evaluating critically quantitative information given graphically, in table form, or numerically.

    Critical analysis (CA) – Students should have multiple experiences in critically and constructively analyzing information in different areas of study.

    Technological competency (TC) – Students should have multiple experiences requiring the use of technology such as word-processors, spreadsheets, etc.

    Information literacy (IL) – Students should have multiple experiences requiring finding information in the library, on the Internet, and in other places and evaluating the reliability of this information.
Pathways General Education curriculum consists of:

A. Required (Fixed) Common Core 

(12 credits / 4 courses)

1. English Composition (2 courses)

  • English Composition I (usually FIQWS)
  • English Composition II (usually ENGL 210, depends on major; refer to your advisor for the appropriate course)

2. Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (1 course)

  • Depends on major (refer to your advisor for the appropriate course)

3. Life and Physical Sciences (1 course)

  • Depends on major (refer to your advisor for the appropriate course)

Required Common Core Learning Outcomes

B. Flexible Common Core (18 credits / 6 courses)

Students will complete at least one course in each of the five Flexible Core areas and an additional sixth course in one of them. Students can complete no more than two courses from any one discipline or interdisciplinary field. The list of courses that satisfy this requirement changes from semester to semester – check our checklist to see what alternatives are available next semester.

Flexible core areas are:

1. World Cultures and Global Issues (2 courses for BA/BFA majors - one from each subgroup; 1 course for BS majors from either subgroup)

  • Literature
  • Global History and Culture

2. U.S. Experience in Its Diversity (1 course)

3. Creative Expression (1 course)

4. Individual and Society (1 course)

5. Scientific World (1 course for BA/BFA majors; 2 courses for BS majors)

Once a student has met a Common Core area requirement at one CUNY college, that requirement will be met at any other CUNY college. Transfer students from institutions other than CUNY will have their transcripts evaluated and will be given credit for General Education courses taken at the previous institution.

Flexible Common Core Learning Outcomes

 

For more information on designing effective writing assignments please see WAC Teaching Practices for the Perspectives (.pdf) and Writing in the Perspectives - Assigning Composition (.doc) or visit the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) page. WAC Teaching Practices Guidelines 1 (.pdf) and Guidelines 2 (.doc)